|Both, plants and animals are
important to the ecosystem. Decreased plant population
leads to loss of plant and animal species.
Plants are the foundation of the ecosystem's food
chain. When this foundation begins to crumble, all other
levels of the food chain and other species of wildlife
including insects, birds and mammals are affected. Too
many deer threaten the health of the native
It threatens the regeneration of trees, which the
birds use for their nesting places.
overpopulation continues for several years, deer will
eventually eat almost all the vegetation within their
reach, and the woods will have a 'browse line' or
park-like appearance. This is accompanied or followed by
disease and starvation in the deer herd.
A mature deer will consume five to seven pounds of organic
matter every day. One cannot fault them but only the
environment in which they live, one that is absent of
enough needful predators.
overpopulation of deer has far reaching effects, not only
on the deer, but other wildlife and the environment as
|Re: Overpopulation of Deer, Deer
Repellents, Diseases, Ecosystem destruction
The deer population in Rochester Hills has reached
extreme proportions. Statistic show 60,875 deer-car
crashes in 2006 with 12 motorists killed and 1477
injured. Those traffic accidents are costing an average
of $ 2,100.00 per accident.
Rochester Hills could become a target for multi-million
dollar lawsuits after the next deadly car-deer
Of importance is the diseases spread by the deer.
Most of you are familiar with Lyme disease, which is in
existence even if some of you don't believe it. It is
contracted by the deer tick.
Bovine Tuberculosis or TB, which is an infectious
disease that poses a significant risk to domestic
livestock, wildlife, companion animals and humans
throughout the world.
EE was found in deer in Kent County.
The others are Mad Cow Disease and Mad Deer disease,
which has puzzled researchers over brain illness in
North American wildlife.
The diseases could spread to humans.
You may research this yourself on the State of Michigan
website. There is a list of how many deer have tested
positive for Tuberculosis in certain Michigan counties
as well. The DNR recommends keeping the deer population
under control to prevent a catastrophic outbreak of
And all those deer droppings.......
Small children and pets are at risk!
I have had extensive experience with soaps, nettings,
rotten eggs, pepper and commercial deer repellents of
all sorts. Under heavy deer pressure they will not work
effectively and the products that show some promise, are
expensive and impractical to use on a large scale. My
opinion is absolutely confirmed by most member's of the
Master Gardener and Conifer Society and is the product
of years of cohabitation with these creatures that are
merely genetically engineered to eat an amazing
diversity of plants.
Just look around you. Look at your parks were most of
the native wild flowers and ground covers have
disappeared. The landscape has been overtaken with
invasive species like mustard garlic weed. The
under-story has disappeared due to the constant browsing
of too many deer.
Siegrid Stern, October 2009
Advanced Master Gardener
Deer management plan gets go-ahead
Re: Lethal means option should be remain open
- Politics vs Safety
Published Oct. 21.2009 Oakland Press - Opinion
- Voice of the People: Letters to the editor, Oct.21
I recently watched the League
of Women Voters’ Meet The Candidates Debate in
If I heard Councilman Erik Ambrozaitis’s response
correctly, he suggested next proposing a resolution to
halt “all further lethal means” of controlling our
deer herds within our city.
Politically, that may sound like a good idea, but it is
completely irresponsible to propose such a resolution.
The vote with the members of the Deer
Advisory Committee was close, 4-3 to discontinue
the use of a lethal means to thin immediate future
herds. This vote was for the year 2010 only to be
further explored in the future, depending upon the herd
population, accident rates, and the needs of the
This vote in no way was intended to indicate a permanent
resolution on the halt of the use of lethal means.
The herd numbers are increasing.
My vote then was for the safety of our residents, and it
still is. The entire vote was for a one-year period
I remain the voice of the people who were intimidated by
others that were in the audience at every DMAC meeting.
Those very same people were at the “Meet The
Candidates Debate” with intimidating yes or no vote
answers from each candidate as to culling here in
It has become “political” instead of being a safety
It takes courage to stand against a crowd, rather than
go along in a politically expedient manner to gain
I urge you to stand with the majority of our residents
in leaving open the lethal means possibility for future
A resolution such as this being created by the council
during an election period, followed by a large increase
in the herd and in accidents, would create an
embarrassing situation in the future, and would be
taking a step back in leaving options open for the
Linda Raschke, Rochester Hills
Co-Chair of The Deer
Management Advisory Committee
Rapid Urban Deer Task Force - Recommendations for
Cedar Rapids Bow Hunting Guidelines and Rules